Kenya police aid colleagues in escape


Kenyan police helped two colleagues arrested for suspected corruption escape custody by firing warning shots to scare off anti-graft officers holding them, the anti-graft agency said.

The officers, who work for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, were arrested in Nairobi in a sting operation by anti-graft officers trying to trap them with a 100,000 shilling ($975) bribe, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said.
“Two suspects were arrested and handcuffed but were released by colleagues from Kabete Police Station who fired several rounds as warning shots to facilitate the escape,” the EACC said on its Twitter feed.
“Officers escaped with Kshs. 100,000 trap money while handcuffed.”

The absconders were being hunted, it said.

The officers were wanted in connection with a million shilling ($9,750) bribe from a foreigner, the agency said.

Police in Kenya are often ranked among the country’s most corrupt institutions, but forcing the release of colleagues detained on suspicion of corruption is apparently unprecedented.

The anti-graft organisation Transparency International-Kenya ranked the police force as the most bribery-prone institution in its 2017 East African Bribery Index.

Kenya was ranked 143 out of 180 in the Transparency International 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index.

Dozens of Kenyan government officials and business people appeared in court since April to face charges relating to the alleged theft of hundreds of millions of shillings from public coffers in a new drive to tackle corruption.